Courses

All of the trainings listed below can be tailored to fit agency needs and requirements.

Adaptive Management - AM

The term adaptive management has been applied to many different types of management strategies that allow for experimentation and learning. This workshop provides students with an in-depth understanding of the different types of adaptive strategies. The workshop clarifies how these strategies have been misused and where miscommunication about these different approaches has led to confusion. Specific tools are presented to ensure the right adaptive model is used for the right problem. Four different adaptive models are discussed with specific connections to the requirements of the NEPA: (1) Research, (2) Programmatic, (3) Project, and (4) Environmental Management Systems. Examples for each of the four adaptive models are explored. Case studies are used by students to reinforce the techniques and principles taught in the workshop.

Advanced Environmental Cross-Cutter - AECC

Participants in this advanced course will learn how to best integrate requirements of key environmental statutes into the NEPA analysis in order to increase efficiencies and reduce analysis costs. The course will address the NEPA process, including selected regulatory and statutory requirements. The workshop will address compliance requirements of several selected major environmental cross-cutters, including § 404 of the Clean Water Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, § 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, Endangered Species Act and Coastal Zone Management Act, as well as Environmental Justice and other Executive Orders.

Applying the EIAP/NEPA Process: Air Force Specific - EIAP

Participants learn to conduct the EIAP effectively to fulfill the spirit and letter of NEPA. They also learn to apply the CEQ regulations and 32 CFR 989. They learn planning, analysis, and writing skills, as well as the value and function of AF Form 813 and the DOPAA.

Applying the NEPA Process - ANP

Participants in this highly acclaimed workshop learn how to fulfill the spirit and letter of NEPA and CEQ. They also explore how good decisionmaking, analysis, and documentation all must integrate to prepare a legally compliant EIS, EA, FONSI, ROD, or CE/CATEX. For over 20 years, this interactive workshop has been received by thousands of personnel in State and Federal agencies, as well as private industry.

Applying the NEPA Process & Writing Effective NEPA Documents: Dept. of Defense Specific - ANP-DOD

Participants in this highly acclaimed training workshop learn how to fulfill the spirit and letter of NEPA and CEQ in applications specific to the Department of Defense. They also explore how good decision making, analysis, and documentation all must integrate to prepare a legally compliant EIS, EA, FONSI, ROD, or CE/CATEX. For over 20 years, this interactive workshop has been received by thousands of government personnel in both state and federal agencies, and in private industry.

Applying the NEPA Process and Writing Effective NEPA Documents - ANPWEND

Participants in this highly acclaimed training workshop learn how to fulfill the spirit and letter of NEPA and CEQ while preparing documents. Interdisciplinary specialists who carefully manage the NEPA process will generate better NEPA documents that require less preparation time, and that facilitate informed decisions and specific comments. (There are additional writing exercises and practical skills applications in the 4-day workshop)

Applying the NEPA Process for Department of Transportation Specialists - TransNEPA

Participants in this workshop will develop an understanding of NEPA and transportation decisionmaking, and develop skills to document decisions and their rationale. They will learn to identify the appropriate form of environmental documentation and the appropriate level of detail. Through practice they will learn to organize and write well-designed, consistent, and analytic EISs/EAs that clearly and concisely present managerial information to decisionmakers and the interested public.

Applying the NEPA Process—Emphasis on Native American Issues - ANP-NA

Participants learn how to fulfill the spirit and letter of NEPA and CEQ as they pertain to Native American issues. They explore how good decisionmaking, analysis, and documentation all must integrate to prepare a legally compliant EIS, EA, FONSI, ROD, or CE/CATEX

Applying the NEPA/CEQA Process and Writing Effective NEPA Documents - CEQA

Participants in this highly acclaimed training workshop learn how to fulfill the spirit and letter of NEPA, CEQ, and (California Environmental Quality Act)CEQA. They also explore how good decision making, analysis, and documentation all must integrate to prepare a legally compliant EIS, EA, FONSI, ROD, or CE/CATEX. For over 20 years, this interactive workshop has been received by thousands of government personnel in both state and federal agencies, and in private industry.

Clear Writing for NEPA Specialists - CWN

Participants in this course learn how to plan/scope the writing process for a NEPA document including how to present technical information and graphics. They alo learn review skills to ensure document effectiveness, clarity, and accuracy.

Collaborative Process - CNP

Participants in this highly interactive workshop will learn how cooperating agencies may efficiently participate in Federal land-use planning efforts and how agencies can promote cooperative conservation, with an emphasis on collaborative activity among Federal, State, Local, and Tribal governments.

Cultural and Natural Resource Compliance - CNRM

Participants learn to identify stewardship responsibilities included in major cultural and natural resource laws and regulations, including the Endangered Species Act and National Historic Preservation Act. They also survey cultural and natural resource legal compliance steps and review how to integrate compliance into the agency mission.

Effective Environmental Contracting - EEC

Participants develop an understanding of tools and techniques for efficient and effective management of contracts and contractors. Those working with environmental contractors will be able to design and write better Statements of Work (SOW), and establish and manage timelines and budgets—all while getting the job completed.

Environmental Writing for US Army Corps of Engineers - EW USACE

This workshop is designed to help US Army Corps of Engineer personnel comply with the CEQ and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regulations for documenting the NEPA planning process. It describes the legal requirements, suggestions for simplifying the tasks required to fulfill those requirements, and worksheets and checklists to aid you in preparing the actual documents.

Forest Plan Implementation: Applying the NEPA Process / 1900-01 - ANP - FS (1900-01)

Participants in this course learn how to make successful project decisions to implement land and resource management plans using the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (NFMA).

This workshop covers the essential elements of the "old" Forest Service 1900-01 course - enhanced and updated.

Managing NEPA Projects & Teams - MNPT

Participants learn management of the NEPA process, as opposed to technical competency and skills. The course provides training in managing and reviewing the NEPA process. This includes prototyping the document before writing begins and determining what tasks might best be assigned to contractors.

NEPA Climate Change Analysis and Documentation - NCCA

Participants will receive a brief introduction to this rapidly-growing area of NEPA analysis. After a brief introduction to climate change science, the workshop will cover both climate change impacts in regard to greenhouse gas emissions as well as taking into account the effects of climate change on projects and the resources a project may impact. Participants will learn to use various methods for analyzing these various impacts, and will be exposed to several case studies and examples of NEPA analyses that address climate change. They will receive an update on recent NEPA climate change and cumulative effects litigation, including helpful guidance on how to prepare a legally-adequate climate change impact analysis in their EAs and EISs.

NEPA Cumulative Effects Analysis and Documentation - NEAD

Participants learn how to assess various impact methodologies as to their strengths and weaknesses in supporting the disclosure of cumulative impacts. They learn how to record cumulative impact information in ways that support clear, legally sufficient EAs and EISs.

NEPA Executive Overview - EXECOV

Participants in this course learn about NEPA’s procedural requirements and implementing process. They also explore the steps to preparing a quality Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or Environmental Assessment (EA).

NEPA Overview for Indian Health Service - NEPA-IHS

Participants learn how to fulfill the spirit and letter of NEPA and CEQ as they pertain to Indian Health Service issues. Using the IHS NEPA Guide, they explore how good decisionmaking, analysis, and documentation all must integrate to prepare a legally compliant environmental document that require less preparation time, and that facilitate informed decisions.

Overview of the Endangered Species Act - ESA

Participants learn about the requirements and procedures for complying with the Endangered Species Act. The course reviews the history of the law, the Section 7 consultation process, and the Section 10 permit process.

Overview of the National Historic Preservation Act /Section 106 - 106

Participants learn to understand and initiate Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Overview of the NEPA Process - NEPAO

Participants in this course learn about NEPA’s procedural requirements and implementing process. They also explore the steps to preparing a quality Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or Environmental Assessment (EA).

Preparing Specialist Reports as Part of the NEPA Process - PSRNEPA

To prepare resource specialists (e.g. range specialists, hydrologists, cultural resource specialists) to actively and meaningfully participate in the NEPA process from inception through completion.

Reviewing NEPA Documents - RND

Participants in this course learn how to systematically review the full range of NEPA documents: EISs, RODs, EAs, FONSIs, and CEs/CATEXs. They also learn to present clear review findings for NEPA documents, which analyze a range of alternatives and disclose all potential impacts.

Technical Writing - RW

Participants in this course will learn how to ensure that their readers do not miss the main point or spend unnecessary time searching for key information. Although documents are varied and often complex; they must be clear, understandable, and accurate. 100% clarity is the primary goal.

Risk Communications - Communicating Environmental Risk - RC-ENV

Participants learn the meaning and application of risk communication. They explore the full range of response communication, including developing a communication plan and strategy, standing before an audience, and responding in writing.

Storyboarding for NEPA Documents - SND

Participants in this course will learn how to prepare and use storyboarding for projected NEPA documents. The goal of a storyboard is to have a "working" version of your document in place before writers begin to generate text.

Understanding and Preparing Preliminary EIAP Documents (DOPAA): Air Force Specific - DOPAA

Participants learn to complete AF Form 813 and write meaningful DOPAAs. A well-written Air Force Form 813 describes the proposed action as well as alternatives, to determine whether environmental issues are serious enough to delay or even stop the proposed project.

Understanding and Preparing Statements of Work and Specifications - SOW

Participants learn a systematic approach to writing and reviewing environmental SOWs. Providing hands-on experience, this course includes case studies and examples that apply to actual environmental projects. Principles taught in this course apply to preparing SOWs for all types of environmental projects.